Alzheimer’s Australia welcomes generous gift to the Hazel Hawke Foundation

eNews sign-up

Sign up for our eNews and discover more about what we're up to, the difference we're making, and, most importantly, how you can help.


Media Release

Wednesday 26 August 2015

Alzheimer’s Australia is delighted that The Hon. Mark Butler, former Minister for Ageing in the Gillard government has decided to donate the proceeds of his new book Advanced Australia, The Politics of Ageing to the Hazel Hawke Alzheimer’s Research and Care Fund.

Carol Bennett, Alzheimer’s Australia CEO said “we are so pleased that the proceeds of this book will go to this important foundation which is one of the few sources of research funding for crucial projects to improve the care of people with dementia. The fund supports the best and brightest Australian researchers who can really make a difference by ensuring the rapid transfer of existing research into better dementia care practice.”

The Fund was established in 2003 in collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Research Foundation at the express wish of Hazel Hawke. Since 2004, The Hazel Hawke Alzheimer’s Research and Care Fund has funded over 14 research projects aimed at improving care and support for people with dementia.

In 2013 The Hon. Mark Butler was awarded the Alzheimer's Disease International Award for Outstanding Global Contribution to the Fight Against Dementia.

Ms Bennett continued, “we congratulate The Hon. Mark Butler on his new book which has a refreshingly positive approach to ageing and argues for the continuing contribution older Australians make to our community. We also applaud his continued support and advocacy in the area of dementia, which is one of the greatest health challenges our nation will face in the decades to come.”

For more information about Advanced Australia, The Politics of Ageing, visit


Media enquiries:

Bianca Armytage | 0407 019 430 | [email protected]

Alzheimer’s Australia is the charity for people with dementia and their families and carers. As the peak body, it provides advocacy, support services, education and information. More than 342,800 people have dementia in Australia. This number is projected to reach more than half a million by 2030.

National Dementia Helpline: 1800 100 500
An interpreter service is available
(The National Dementia Helpline is an Australian Government Initiative)
Dementia is a National Health Priority Area

Media resources and additional information